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The Bachelorette Episode: "The Bachelorette"

Season 6, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Ali and the three remaining bachelors arrive in Tahiti (the French Polynesian island Taha'a, to be precise) for sailing in a catamaran, frolicking in waters off a heart-shaped private island and, perhaps, fantasy-suite nights. One guy surprises Ali before she gives roses to the two survivors who will accompany her to Bora Bora, where she'll make her final choice.
Original Air Date: Jul 19, 2010

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Season 6, Episode 9
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Length: 01:25:05
Aired: 7/19/2010
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The Bachelorette Episode Recap: Week 9 Season 6, Episode 9

This week's episode begins with a montage of each guy's time on the show thus far as they talk about how they need to open up completely to win Ali's heart. Easier said than done for all three, since Chris L. has been slow to show his true feelings, Roberto and Ali have concentrated a lot on physical chemistry more than anything else and since Frank has been so unsure of his and Ali's relationship the entire time.

However, Frank's montage quickly turns from sappy and boring to despicable and dramatic, when Frank begins to talk about his dilemma. He explains that, as he's fallen in love with Ali, he has simultaneously started to have feelings for his ex-girlfriend, Nicole, again. Frank says it's "killing him" that he has feelings for two girls (cry me a river) and explains that he has to go to Chicago to see Nicole before he leaves for Tahiti to be with Ali. The absolute worst part is the Ali doesn't even know about Nicole. Nicole was the last relationship Frank had before he went on the show, but even then, he says he hasn't talked to her in months. So what gives?

As Frank heads to Nicole's apartment, he says he thinks he knows how Ali feels but he also believes Nicole will still have feelings for him. He sits on Nicole's couch and says he's a "wreck" and that although he has formed a strong bond with Ali, he has been thinking about Nicole more and more throughout this process. He says he and Ali have had something amazing right from the start and that his feelings for Ali are "very real." Frank says they have an awesome relationship.

Nicole says Frank has consumed her thoughts ever since he left and that it's "sickening" for her to think that he's getting closer and deeper to being with someone else. Frank says he thought of Nicole before he went to sleep at night, even after coming off of a great date with Ali. Nicole says she doesn't feel complete without him and tells him to come home, at which point they embrace and it's clear Frank is out of the running for the final rose. In the confessional, Frank says he knows now that he's in love with Nicole and can live "happily ever after" with her. Now, he just has to break the bad news to Ali

Ali's first one-on-one date in Tahiti is with Roberto. The two take a romantic helicopter ride and fly over an island in the shape of heart (I am so not making this up, folks) and prepare for an oceanfront picnic. They make out a lot in the water and Ali talks about their intense chemistry (we know, WE KNOW!), but their idle chatter is going to have turn serious very, very soon if these two really want to be ready to get engaged. Roberto tells the camera he sees himself proposing to Ali, but can he tell her that too?

Over dinner, Roberto says he's scared since there are two other guys left, but he's ready to tell her how he feels. However, he adds to the cameras one more time that he's not good at this sort of stuff. After much hemming and hawing, Roberto musters up the courage to tell Ali he is falling in love with her after she tells him the date wouldn't have been the same spent with someone else. After another passionate kiss, Ali pulls a special little card from Chris Harrison. Either Roberto is a very good actor, or he really has never watched this show before because he gets an interesting look of confusion mixed with fear in his eyes when opening what turns out to be the fantasy suite card. However, once he pulls out the room key, Roberto gets a grin from ear-to-ear and says it would be a shame to let the suite go to waste since they should spend as much time together as possible. Cut to more making out — this time sans Roberto's shirt — and the date appears to end on a happy note.

Ali's next date is with Chris L. and after their emotional hometown visit the pair are in a very different place than they were prior. During a romantic boat ride, Ali expresses how much she loved seeing him at home and meeting his family and in her confessional, says how she feels they are now making up for lost time after their relationship started out much more slowly than the others. As the two giggle in the water, Ali says that's kind of love she has been looking for her whole life: someone to be passionate with, but also to have fun and be relaxed with.

Later that night, Ali and Chris L. share a romantic dinner on the beach. Asked by Ali what he would change about the show if he could, and he says the only thing he would do differently was spend more time with her and his family together. Chris L. then tells Ali he's in love with her and she's very happy to hear this. Ali whips out the invitation for the fantasy suite, to which he instantly says yes (duh).  By the suite's jacuzzi, Chris L. tells Ali that he loves her again and says he's excited to be with her in San Francisco or Cape Cod, Mass., or wherever they end up. Lastly, he says in the confessional that he's excited to wake up next to Ali. 

The next day, before talking with Ali, Frank sits down with Chris Harrison at his suite in Tahiti. He says he expected to meet with Nicole and realize how strong his feelings were for Ali, but that didn't happen. When asked by Chris, Frank says he told Nicole he loves her and that she loves him back. Chris says he's floored at the 180 degree difference in Frank since he said he was ready to propose to Ali just a few days earlier. However, Frank says he knew something was holding him back this whole time and it turns out it was Nicole. Chris says Ali is crazy about Frank and asks Frank how he plans to go about it. Obviously, the hardest part is that Ali knows nothing about Nicole because — as Frank tells it — he was trying to protect Ali as he figured out what his various thoughts and feelings meant. Chris advises him to tell her right away and Frank worries about how she will react after he's waited so long.

Moments later, Ali rushes up to Frank's suite, excited to see him and spend the day with him, but just as she puts her arms around and gives him a big kiss on the cheek, he pulls her arms back and says they need to talk (the worst words to hear in any relationship). Frank asks Ali to sit down and as he makes a long pause before he starts speaking, Ali starts to wipe small tears from her eyes.

Frank starts out on a horrible note, telling Ali they "had" a great connection. He says at first he thought his feelings for his ex-girlfriend meant nothing and just popped up, but felt he needed to resolve things after his family fell in love with Ali during her hometown visit. He tells her that he had hoped to find closure with Nicole to commit to Ali completely, but as soon as he saw Nicole, the old feelings came rushing back and tells Ali he's sorry as she wipes more tears away.

Ali asks why Frank never said anything about his other feelings sooner and he can't muster up a good excuse. Ali says she was so excited to see him and said she felt she kept telling him and reassuring him about she felt, but he kept pulling away. Ali keeps sniffling and uses her hands to cover her face, just as Frank starts to cry as well. Yes, I get it, it's hard for him too, but at least let her be sad and not cry when you're leaving her for someone else. He tells Ali he would have told her sooner about his feelings if he had known what they meant and Ali calls his actions "selfish." She says she doesn't want to leave because she knows she'll never see him again, and she throws her shoes on the dock in anger. Frank says he's sorry again and that he's not asking for her forgiveness right now, but just someday. They share a long hug as Ali cries on his shoulder before she walks away and continues crying on the beautiful beach. Looking back, what Justin did was worst, but Frank's exit is emotionally much harder to watch.

Right after their final conversation, Frank says it was 100 times harder to tell Ali the truth than he thought it would be and he says he doesn't feel relieved after telling Ali because she's still very hurt. On the beach, Ali tells Chris Harrison that what Frank did was the most cowardly thing he could do. She also begins to start questioning herself and is angry at him for putting her in a place that makes her feel weak. She even admits a part of her is so crazy for him that she almost wants to go back and talk him into staying. In the confessional, Ali starts sobbing because she keeps thinking about how she was so sure Frank would be there to meet her mom and dad and how she now feels like something is wrong with her because of what Frank did.

The next day before the rose ceremony, Ali seems to be feeling better but is still reeling in the aftermath of the day before. After putting Frank's picture face down, she tells Chris Harrison she's still scared because she feels she doesn't know what she wants if she had such strong feelings for Frank. However, she says she's not going to feel bad about herself because of Frank anymore and is still confident her future husband is on the island. Ali says it's not about her giving a rose, but about Roberto and Chris L. accepting her roses and feeling the same way about her that she feels about them.

At the rose ceremony, Ali tells Roberto and Chris L. that she didn't have a date with Frank this week because he didn't deal with things at home before he left. She tells them that he's returned home and "it is what it is." Ali says she feels so grateful that she has two amazing men here and, naturally, both Chris L. and Roberto accepts Ali's roses. Ali then tells them they will be traveling to Bora Bora to meet Ali's family (that is, after next week's Men Tell All reunion special).

In retrospect of Frank's dramatic departure, it makes perfect sense that he went back to his ex-girlfriend, no matter how much of a bad person it made him. This entire season, Frank has complained about not knowing where he stood with Ali, not getting enough alone time with her, having to compete with all these other guys, etc. So, rather than deal with his insecurities head on and talk openly about his feelings and issues with Ali, he reverted to the past and something safe in his ex-girlfriend, Nicole. Maybe this is a lot of psycho babble, and obviously the love isn't just in Frank's head, since Nicole told him to come home. However, upon closer examination, it kind of all makes sense, even though Frank still hurt Ali immensely by waiting until (almost) the last possible second to tell Ali the truth. On the other hand, when it comes to his actual words, I honestly can't say if there was a better way to go about it.

My big burning questions are if Ali went into Tahiti really feeling stronger about two guys over someone else (such as if she wasn't sure about Roberto or Chris L.) before everything happened. And hopefully, on the Men Tell All special, Frank will answer my many, many burning questions about his relationship with Nicole (how long were they together? When were they together? When did they break up, etc.)

So what did you think of the episode? How do you think Frank handled the entire situation? Do you think Roberto and/or Chris L. are the right guys for Ali? Sound off in the comments below or risk hurting Ali's feelings and wait until the very last possible minute to say how you really feel.

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This week's episode begins with a montage of each guy's time on the show thus far as they talk about how they need to open up completely to win Ali's heart. Easier said than done for all three, since Chris L. has been slow to show his true feelings, Roberto and Ali have concentrated a lot on physical chemistry more than anything else and since Frank has been so unsure of his and Ali's relationship the entire time.

However, Frank's montage quickly turns from sappy and boring to despicable and dramatic, when Frank begins to talk about his dilemma. He explains that, as he's fallen in love with Ali, he has simultaneously started to have feelings for his ex-girlfriend, Nicole, again. Frank says it's "killing him" that he has feelings for two girls (cry me a river) and explains that he has to go to Chicago to see Nicole before he leaves for Tahiti to be with Ali. The absolute worst part is the Ali doesn't even know about Nicole. Nicole was the last relationship Frank had before he went on the show, but even then, he says he hasn't talked to her in months. So what gives?

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